The band is delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Marshall and Vicki Kennedy as its new conducting partnership. Having both been associated with the band for many years, both as former Principal Cornet players, the conducting partnership begins with immediate effect.
Black Dyke’s Cornet Star, commented, “To conduct is something that I am very keen to do and to have the opportunity to give some expert musical guidance back to the band that gave me ‘my very first cornet’ is a huge privilege. I’m also pleased to connect again with one of my former students, Vicki, whom will look after the band when I’m unable to be around as well as mentor in her first conducting role. Richard also stated that “the band have a good nucleus of players and preparation is well underway for their upcoming contest appearance in Leicester, which will be directed by Vicki, as well as a busy Christmas period before the band start 2024 in the 2nd section and looking towards the Area competition in March”.
Commenting on her role as associate conductor, Vicki Kennedy said “I am looking forward to stepping into this new role with the band and to have the opportunity to work again with Richard, who has been a great mentor of mine for many years. Stepping into the conducting arena is new to me and something I am excited to develop through this partnership”.
Speaking on behalf of the band, Band Manager Rob Brown commented “We are privileged, extremely pleased and excited with the appointment of Richard and Vicki as the band’s new conducting partnership. The band has experienced some misfortunes over the last two years and is now hopeful that the new conducting team will spearhead its resurgence. The passion and experience of Richard and Vicki has already instilled greater enthusiasm and commitment amongst the players and band officials”.